Make A Smooth Transition Into Spring

When it comes to my wardrobe, pastels aren't really my thing. I love a good neutral and tend to stick with more of the gem tones - if I wear color at all. However, I feel like there's a right way to do neutrals and gem tones in the Spring, it just takes a little creativity...

This outfit features my go-to color (or lack of) - black - topped off with a gorgeous floral pattern that screams Spring. Since I was really trying to go for that Spring look, I decided to pair the top with my favorite clogs, clutch, and some EOS lip balm. The result is a fun and flirty look that will transition seamlessly from snow to sun. The best part is that EOS lip balm is cheap and effective, meaning that I don't have to break the bank when I'm working on keeping my lips healthy and moisturized with the changing of the seasons!

top - zara
pants - jcrew
clutch - anne b designs
shoes - c/o sven clogs
hair skinny - color by amber
eos lip balm c/o

Thanks to eos lip balm, I know that my lips are going to make a smooth transition into Spring, no matter what Winter throws at them!


Healthy Snacking On The Go // Fruit Dip Recipe

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Being someone who loves to travel - whether it's across the world or a day trip to a neighboring city - and someone who works a lot, healthy eating on the go is very important to me. I avoid fast food as much as possible, and try to make sure I'm eating fruits and vegetables, daily. When I found the new Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit (available at Kroger and Fred Meyer stores), I knew that my on the go lifestyle was about to get even healthier...

I love that with the Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit I can mix and match my favorite well-balanced snacks in the separated containers and that there's no need to measure! It really is healthy made easy. One of my favorite things about the Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit are the little icons on each of the lids, making meal prep even more simple. And with the convenient carrying box and removable compartment tray, the Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit offers lightweight and secure storage for all of my adventures.

And bonus, the Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit comes with a recipe book containing 35 healthy recipes that you can make again and again! I'm not sure meal prep gets any easier than this! Be sure to check those out and also give my healthy fruit dip recipe, which you'll find below, a try!

1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
1/8 tsp Vanilla
1/4 cup Toasted Coconut

In a bowl or in one of the containers from your Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit, combine the greek yogurt and vanilla. Stir until well blended. Top the yogurt with the toasted coconut or stir together. Pack your Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit with the dip, your favorite fruit, pop on the lid to keep it all together, and go! You can also use raw coconut, I just prefer the toasted for its crunch and color.

Where will your Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit take you?


Make Your Own Adventure Book

As an avid traveler, I'm always trying to come up with fun ways I can preserve my memories. While my blog never misses an adventure post, I always try to print off my pictures. However, I never know what to do with all of those loose photos, and I'm not really into the traditional scrapbooking method (I just don't have that talent). So when I found the Make My Book Service with Shutterfly, I knew this was exactly what I needed!

The hard part was deciding which photos and adventures I was going to collect in my first book. After getting lost in my memories, I decided that I would start with the six national parks I visited last year. I could have made this a 200 page book with all of the photos I have, no problem. But I limited myself and narrowed it down to a few favorite photos from each park.

Once I had my favorite photos selected, I was able to put my Shutterfly Photo Book together with no trouble! The online Custom Photo Books service is a breeze to navigate and their professionally made layouts and designs made personalizing my National Park book fun, easy, and visually stunning!

Do you have a bunch of travel photos piling up and you aren't sure how to preserve them? I highly recommend using the Make My Book Service by Shutterfly! You'll love all of the design options and that you can even type up your story and comments to go with each image or group of images. You'll want to create book after book, because it's kind of addicting!

If you end up making one of your own, let me know! I'd love to see it.


Traveling Europe // Exploring Venice

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While Italy sounded beautiful, it was never at the top of my must-see list. However, as soon as I got there, I was completely amazed at its beauty. Venice is unlike any city I've ever been to. There are no roads, no cars, no bikes, no scooters; just boats, canals, and colorful buildings that are basically floating on water.

While I was only in Venice for a few hours, I feel like I was able to take it all in as best as I possibly could. From the gondola ride through the canals to San Marco Square, every inch of Venice is a beautiful piece of this city that's a world, all its own. My friends and I made sure we tried the food, including an incredible bruschetta for dinner and the most delectable gelato I've ever had for dessert. Wandering around the tiny streets and alleyways of Venice makes it easy to get lost, especially for first-timers. But for whatever reason, I felt at ease and was able to navigate the labyrinth with no trouble.

After getting our fill of picture taking, food, and shopping, it was time to head back to San Marco Square to meet up with the rest of our group. Even though I had already passed through the square a number of times, as we entered it after sunset, with live music playing, people dancing and dining, and the lights of the city softly glowing in the dark, it felt as though I had stepped back in time. I practically skipped through the square and felt the strongest urge to dance, myself. All too soon, it was time to board our boat back to our home for the night. I went to bed early, as always, so I could rest up for my next adventure in Switzerland.
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